The Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph in Sainte-Basile stands as a former convent of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph. This impressive Second Empire edifice was erected on a hill with a commanding view of the Saint-Basile district in the City of Edmundston.
As a Provincial Historic Site, the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph celebrates the substantial contributions of the Congregation of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph. Arriving in Saint-Basile in 1873, they founded the area’s first hospital and established a French educational institution.
Constructed in 1885, the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph holds the distinction of being Madawaska County’s first brick building. The Second Empire architectural design was developed by François-Xavier Berlinguet, a talented sculptor, civil engineer, and architect from Quebec City. Local materials were used in its construction, including the bricks themselves.
The Hôtel-Dieu Hospital – Saint-Basile, with its many additions and components, mark the achievements of the Religious Hospitallers in the community.
Father Norbert Dumont donated the Christ the King Monument, designed by Onésime Tessier, which stands in front of the main entrance to the building as a tribute to the significant influence of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph.
The Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph chapel is located at the same location, to the rear of the building.
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